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‘Finish in Four’ positively impacts student graduation rates

Commencement Sacramento State has made a commitment to boost graduation rates by changing the campus culture. Students know that if they want to graduate in four years, the University will support them.

That commitment, embodied in the University’s “Finish in Four” initiative, is showing real results. Last fall, 2,300 incoming first-year students made a commitment to take 30 units a year, allowing them to earn their degree in four years. Today, 1,680 of them are still on track – nearly half the total number of first-year students on campus this year.

“That’s a number that would stagger other universities and has gained a lot of state and national recognition,” says Jim Dragna, executive director of University Initiatives and Student Success.

Moreover, Sac State is seeing significant improvements in its graduation rates, with projections of a 3-percentage-point increase in the four-year rate and a 5-point increase in the two-year transfer graduation rate from 2016 to 2017.
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